Taking up Lagatta's suggestion to post archaic laws that may still be on the books. One in particular that I experienced many years ago had to do with a dog that I had at the time. I was outside in front of my house early in the morning doing some gardening. Along comes some suspicious looking character,beer in hand,weaving in my direction,babbling,beligerant,incoherent. Initially,I did not see him until he came very close to me. But,my dog,Mambo,saw him,and did not like him near me. Mambo growled at him fiercely,and went to bite him as the fellow got even closer. The man ran off,only to come back later,threatening to sue us for having been bit. My then EMT husband examined said wound,it didn't even break the surface of the skin. Anyway,after contacting our attorney,we found out that there was still a law on the books that allowed for a dog to have ONE bite!!! Mambo skated!!!
It is illegal to enter the Houses of Parliament in a suit of armour. It is illegal for cabbies to carry rabid dogs or corpses and by law they must ask all passengers if they have small pox or the plague. Royal Navy ships which enter the Port of London must provide a barrel of rum to the Constable of the Tower of London. The head of any dead whale found on the British coast becomes the property of the King and the tail belongs to the Queen. A Freeman is allowed to take a flock of sheep across London Bridge without being charged a toll and drive geese down Cheapside. Also, immunity from press ganging, can get married in St Pauls and will not be arrested if found drunk and disorderly.
It is still an offence to beat or shake any carpet rug or mat in any street in the Metropolitan Police District, although you are allowed to shake a doormat before 8am. Londoners are not allowed to keep a pigsty in the front of their homes.
Ha ~~ I think many of the eastern seaboard states of the US still have similar laws on the books to those in Mark's reply.
The one-bite law really makes a great deal of sense. An otherwise tranquil, well-socialized dog may be provoked into biting. Also, a pet owner might not know that her precious Ginger doggy would feel compelled to fang the ankle of a passing motorbike rider. ( ). The one-bite law gives the dog's human fair warning that it won't be permitted again.
*snork* Cristina ~~ sounds like a bitterly humorous day at the city council meeting back in '23.
On another thread, LaGatta mentioned French cross-dressing laws. At least until the 1970s -- maybe even now -- New Orleans had an ordinance against women dressing as men.
No!! He was protecting his pack!!! (This particular dog had an extraordinary sense of who bad people were,another time ,he wouldn't let someone into a tavern we frequented.) The man he wouldn't let in,was an armed robber,although,no one knew that at the time.